SPYRIDON TSAGARAKIS

SPYRIDON TSAGARAKIS

Inspired by the Parthenon sculptures

Inspired by the Parthenon sculptures

CNN called him the ‘modern Phidias of Fashion’ and the Guardian praised him, exalting his ‘sculptured’ textiles. The New York times presented his progressive project entitled ‘Richness of the Folds’, thus giving him the chance to make a unique artistic statement, regarding the crucial issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles in Greece – an issue that he is fighting for since 2004. The Greek designer Spyridon Tsagarakis, who was raised at Heraklion of Crete has dressed some of the most famous women of the world, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Duchess of Cambridge, Björk and Penelope Cruz, and he currently lives in London where he continues to attract international interest.
A marble illusion

A marble illusion

While still studying at the famous Saint Martins School in London where he got accepted by presenting a work with influences from the Parthenon, he managed to impress the great artist Alexander McQueen, a man who brought the British style in the forefront of the international fashion scene. In one of his usual unexpected visits at the workshops of his students, McQueen stood in awe in front of one of Spyridon’s ‘sculptures’, expressing his admiration for his artistic approach on fabrics and the unique skill in creating artful draping, through the use of the moulage technique (whereby the garment is designed and created directly on the mannequin). Using as a sole source of inspiration the elegance of the ancient Greek sculptures, the talented designer manages to recreate the draping of the ancient garments which were worn by the Caryatids. His clothes create the illusion of marble, while in reality they are manufactured using pure cashmere.
Bring them back...

Bring them back...

“The choice of this particular fabric has been made in order to imitate the aesthetic result of marble, where the draping looks carved from the inside out”, he states. “My vision was to take a soulless material, such as fabric and to render it into wearable Art. The richness, the curves and the depth of the draping are some of the characteristics which render the ancient Greek sculptures timeless and unique.”

Focused on his aim to influence the international public opinion in favour of his country on the issue of the Parthenon marbles, the designer exhibits his work at important museums across the world and states: “In relation to the sacred goal of returning the Parthenon marbles to Greece, everything else comes second.”

Website: www.spyridon-tsagarakis.com


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